A New Vision started from a casual lunch conversation between two friends, Tan Ching Khoon, a Singaporean, and Effi Jono, an Indonesian, who met at a business event in Singapore in August 2010. Through referral, an introduction was made to Dr. Sanduk Ruit, Medical Director of Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal with a proposition to help cure blindness for the needy in Indonesia.
Dr. Sanduk Ruit is a leading humanitarian doctor who leads a very focused and successful, but low profile effort to battle cataracts, predominately in rural areas of low income countries. Dr. Ruit has personally restored the sight to over 120,000 patients. Dr. Ruit was keen to help the Indonesians.
Four months after that fateful lunch, A New Vision held its first free cataract operation in Medan, Indonesia from December 10 – 16, 2010. During this event, 600 patients, without the ability to pay for their procedure, were operated on with resounding success. After witnessing the impact and power of this work, what at one point seemed to be a crazy idea, has morphed into an ambitious and big dream, to cure Indonesia of cataract blindness!
Simply giving free cataract operations to a few thousand people a year is not a sustainable solution. There are over 3 million Indonesians who are currently blind due to cataracts. On average, there are 80,000 cataract operations performed in Indonesia a year. At this rate, it will take 37.5 years to clear the cataract backlog in Indonesia, assuming there are no new cases.
Whilst we will continue to hold cataract operations for free for the needy in Indonesia for several years to come, our most important work is to build the capacity of local medical personnel, train and equip them, to help multiply the work, adopting a safe, high quality, high volume, low cost method.
As such, A New Vision partners with Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology to train and exchange knowledge with local medical personnel and ultimately, to help local partners to develop sustainable eye clinics across the country. These clinics would offer full eye-care services to patients who can afford to pay the full fees, while helping to subsidize the cost for those who cannot. Providing completely free services for the poor, who would receive the same quality treatment and results as full-paying patients, so that no one shall remain blind with cataracts. This is in line with VISION2020 bThe Right to Sightb recommendation and a model that is working successfully in countries like Nepal and India.
Our mission is to restore sight, dignity and quality of life to those who otherwise remain blind forever.
Behind A New Vision
A New Vision Limited (incorporated in Singapore, registration no. 201112891E) is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization. We are a band of volunteers who enjoy strong local community support from people who are passionate and believe in this cause. There is no management overhead; 100% of donations go directly towards restoring sight for the blind.
Dr. Sanduk Ruit, Director – email